Ori Inu: In Search of Self is a coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble.
The film is the brainchild of sibling duo Emann and Chelsea Odufu. They are both creatives and art activists hailing from Newark, NJ who aim to create media that interrogate the idea of identity and the complexities of what it means to be a Black American or immigrant within the modern context of our society. The film stars Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins and feature the grammy nominated Afro-Pean duo Les Nubiens among others.
Often considered a renaissance woman, Chelsea Odufu is a filmmaker and art activist whose mission is to use art as a tool to regenerate positive and empowering images of Blackness on screen. A Newark, New Jersey native with Guyanese and Nigerian roots, Chelsea’s work focuses on narratives that explore the complex Black identity, while portraying issues such as colorism, alcoholism, the stigmas of Black spirituality, gender and sexuality
With this film we are trying to remove the negative stigmas placed on traditional African religions, and critique ideas of cultural supremacy and intolerance of anything that is different in our society. It is my belief that an immersion in African culture is also an immersion in American- ness. Through the institution of slavery, Africa helped to create America both literally and in terms of cultural influences. This film considers the give and take of many cultural influences which is needed to exist in a multicultural world and society.